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A 18-year-old male asked:

I experience severe flight anxiety. fortunately, i don't fly often. i would like to fall asleep easily on the plane. however, i don't want to take prescription medicine. will melatonin tablet be effective with some natural anti-anxiety medicine?

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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Possibly: however, I would suggest a brief session or sessions with a therapist for CBT ( cognitive behavioral therapy ) and aversion therapy.
Dr. Bert Liang
Specializes in Neurology
Melatonin: It works well, if taken an hour or so before desiring to sleep.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 56 years experience
Flight Anxiety: I understand your distress. Melatonin can help with sleep. It is not effective to treat “severe flight anxiety.” Prior to taking a flight, see a psychiatrist for Therapy for: •Stresses at work and in relationships •Severe anxiety symptoms including flight anxiety •Effect of anxiety on your functioning •Coping Skills for stressBreathing and Music Relaxation •Visual ImageryMeditationYoga

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